"If I didn’t have the goal race, I don’t know that I would’ve even started running.
I didn’t really play sports growing up, but both my parents ran my whole life. I’d watch them race when I was little. As soon as I was old enough, I started volunteering. I’d see all these runners crossing finish lines, smiling, feeling great – I had serious FOMO. Finally I said, ‘I want to do that’.
My friend’s boyfriend had coincidently opened up a running store in St. John’s and he was hosting a race-training clinic. I decided to try out the clinic to support local business and learn how to run – and to run the Tely 10.
I’ve watched my parents run, but if it weren’t for the Tely 10, I might have never gotten hooked. The Tely is such a big deal at home. Thousands of people come from away to run it. It’s a St. John’s running tradition that’s evolved so much over the years. I was looking back at photos of my parents running the Tely, and of my Dad’s first Tely when I was 6-years-old, and there weren’t many crowds. Now they block off all the streets and there are supporters on the sidelines cheering the whole way. It’s amazing. The directors put so much hard work into it.
So racing got me into running. I remember when I tried running for the first time. I left the house, ran as fast as I could, and felt like I was going to pass out after five minutes. I was like ‘how do people do this?’ But when I started the training clinic, it felt right. Most of us were completely new to running. They started us off slow on shorter distances, and I realized, ‘hey, I can do this, this is achievable’. Without building gradually, I think would have gotten discouraged.
I got such a high from finishing my first Tely. I started running in May, ran the Tely in July, and I kept going. I started running with Athletics North East (my Dad’s running club!) after that.
Then I found out I got into Law School in Halifax.
I can take things too seriously in law school sometimes, but I always feel better after a run. Running has turned into something I do for my mental health - it keeps me sane. This program can be tough. I tend to get really focused and take it very seriously, so running is a great stress reliever (and the endorphins are amazing). I chose to be a lawyer, I know it’s likely going to be high stress career, but getting out for runs gets me through it. Running and law take dedication and a certain element of insanity (because why would anyone do either!), so I’m don’t know if it’s a coincidence that I’ve noticed a lot of lawyers run. I’m not 100% sure what kind of lawyer I want to be - but I’ll probably going for runs the night before I go into the courtroom to calm my nerves.
Running with the crew is such good motivation too - we’re all the same, we get home at the end of a long busy day and we’re tired. At those moments it’d be so easy for me to sit on the couch and not go out for a run, but I know other people are showing up who’ve had busy, stressful days and weeks. If they can make it, I can make it. Everyone’s so encouraging. Last time we ran to the top of citadel, everyone waited at the top to cheer each other on.
Dad thinks me running is wonderful, both my parents do. Running means a lot to them, so it meant a lot to me to finish the Tely for the first time knowing my parents were proud and they could relate.
Taking that first Tely finishing photo with my Dad is probably my favourite running memory so far. He’s actually so supportive, he gives me good advice about training and races, and about staying healthy; it’s pretty nice that I can share that with him.
Sometimes I head out for a training run and he’ll joke that I should skip it so I don’t get faster than him. I’m going to catch up to him someday."
From the Tely 10 to her first half marathon THIS WEEKEND at Maritime Race Weekend. Jules celebrates the start her last year of Law at Halifax's Dalhousie University with 21.1K. Cheer her on @juliette_ryan